WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, a
coalition of concerned stakeholders released the following statement
criticizing Green Seal's newly published Environmental Standard for Industrial
and Institutional Cleaners (GS-37) as fundamentally flawed.
The process Green Seal implemented to develop
GS-37 fell far short of being "fair, unbiased and credible." As
organizations directly involved in the development of this standard, we are
deeply disappointed by Green Seal's process and cannot recognize GS-37 as a valid,
On August 29, Green Seal published a final standard even
- 1. the most recent draft standard was
rejected by stakeholder vote;
- 2. the substantive deficiencies that
led to this opposition remained unresolved; and
- 3. stakeholders were
never given an opportunity to review the revised final standard prior to its
As a result, the current new standard is not a
consensus-based standard, a stated objective by Green Seal at the start of this
Throughout the standard development process, our
organizations consistently commented that numerous criteria in GS-37 lack
sufficient scientific basis. These concerns were not adequately addressed,
leading to sustained opposition when stakeholders voted on the November 2007
proposed standard. While Green Seal took some steps to address these
deficiencies, we believe many areas of sustained opposition remain unresolved.
Green Seal failed to provide its stakeholders an opportunity
to review the revised document, which includes definitions and language that
had never appeared in previous drafts, prior to its publication. Green Seal
cannot credibly claim to have overcome opposition when registered stakeholders
were shut out of this critical final step. The result is a flawed standard that
lacks the factual and scientific basis to guide purchasing decisions. Such an approach
violates Green Seal's own principles and procedural requirements of respected
standard setting organizations that Green Seal claims to meet.
We urge Green Seal to immediately withdraw GS-37 and
reinitiate its inappropriately abrogated standard development process, engaging
stakeholders to develop a truly science-based, consensus standard.
New York State Chemical Alliance
- Alkylphenol Ethoxylates Research Council
- American Chemistry Council
- Carpet and Rug Institute
- Consumer Specialty Products Association
- Reckitt Benckiser, Inc.
- SI Group, Inc.
- The Fragrance Materials Association
- The Soap and Detergent Association
- Zep, Inc.